Mark Robins Leads Coventry Against Former Club Manchester United in FA Cup Semifinal

Mark Robins, Coventry City's manager, faces his former club Manchester United in the FA Cup semifinals, 33 years after his goal saved Alex Ferguson's job at United. A Coventry win could put pressure on United's current coach Erik ten Hag.

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Mark Robins Leads Coventry Against Former Club Manchester United in FA Cup Semifinal

Mark Robins Leads Coventry Against Former Club Manchester United in FA Cup Semifinal

Mark Robins, the current manager of Coventry City, is set to lead his team against his former club Manchester United in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley on April 21, 2023. Robins is widely regarded as the man who saved former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's job in 1990 when he scored the winning goal for United in the FA Cup third round against Nottingham Forest.

Ferguson himself acknowledged that without Robins' goal, "grave doubts would've been raised about his suitability for the job." Robins' goal that year helped United go on to win the FA Cup, the first of 28 major trophies under Ferguson's management.

Now, Robins could potentially push current Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag closer to the brink by leading Coventry to a shock win over United at Wembley. Ten Hag is under pressure to at least lead United to the FA Cup final, as the club faces a disappointing second season under his management.

Why this matters: The FA Cup semifinal match between Coventry City and Manchester United carries historical significance and potential implications for the future of both clubs. A win for Coventry could be a major upset and put pressure on Manchester United's current manager, while also highlighting Mark Robins' impact on both teams over three decades apart.

Coventry reached the semifinals by scoring two stoppage-time goals to stun Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarterfinals. Robins acknowledges the challenge of facing the "biggest club in the world" but says his team will embrace the opportunity. Coventry last won the FA Cup in 1987, and this will be only the second time in the club's history that they have reached the semifinals of the competition.

Robins, who has led Coventry from the fourth division to the second since taking charge in 2017, is not expected to win, but he has the opportunity to create another famous FA Cup upset, similar to Coventry's victory over Tottenham in the 1987 final. "We know we're up against it," Robins said. "We're going to play against the biggest club in the world, but we'll go and enjoy it."

Key Takeaways

  • Coventry City manager Mark Robins to face former club Man Utd in FA Cup semifinal
  • Robins' goal in 1990 helped save Alex Ferguson's job as Man Utd manager
  • Coventry reached semifinals by stunning Premier League side Wolves in quarterfinals
  • Robins aims to create another FA Cup upset, similar to Coventry's 1987 win over Spurs
  • Man Utd's Erik ten Hag under pressure to reach FA Cup final in his second season